‘I’m better’ – Davinson Sanchez on defensive competition and his growth as a player

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are currently in a transitioning period as they look for a new central defensive partnership for the long-term in North London.

For so many seasons, Pochettino could rely on Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld to put in consistently sublime performances in the heart of defence, knowing each other’s games inside out.

This partnership also had the holy grail of one right-footer and one left-footer, but Jose Mourinho is seemingly yet to settle on his preferred central duo.

Tottenham currently have Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, and Joe Rodon on the books, with Juan Foyth out on loan.

So far this season, Eric Dier has been the preferred option for Mourinho, with Sanchez and Alderweireld rotating in around the England defender.

Sanchez has no spoken out on the competition for places in defence, while claiming that he has improved as a player since he arrived in North London thanks to his teammates.

He said (Football London): “Since I arrived I was looking at who plays normally in the starting XI.

“Everyone remembered that Toby and Jan partnership, who for me brought a lot from when I arrived because they played at the club I played at. Even Eric when he played was willing to give me a hand. Now it’s a nice competition. We’re all here to help the team, no doubt.

“We still remember Jan because he was an important leader for us. We improved a lot with him by our side. Now it’s for us to put the club in the direction he wants.

“As a player, I’m better. Just by being in this dressing room with these players, I think I’ve got better because of that.”

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